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Have you Used Social Media to Get Freelance Gigs?

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 4:05 pm
by MegStewart
Based off a comment in another forum.

Have you gotten freelance (writing or otherwise) jobs or inquiries from Facebook? What about from other social media platforms like Twitter, Reddit, Tumbler, etc.?

If so, were you intentionally marketing yourself there or did it just come out of the blue? If not, where do you get your clients?

Or maybe you did put some effort into marketing via Facebook or another social media and it tanked?

Tell us your Facebook freelance gig experiences!

Re: Have you Used Social Media to Get Freelance Gigs?

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:53 am
by PJ (Admin)
After I had been freelancing for about a year I started to get a lot of messages through Facebook. It was an author's page, but it used the same name, and even though I didn't advertise my services, people still got in touch.

It seems that they were finding me on Upwork, Googling me, and then contacting me on Facebook to arrange jobs through PayPal. Not sure why, but the first thing I told them to do was go through Upwork. It might charge fees, but it also provides me with security.

In the beginning I was very suspicious of anyone who would do that, but I've had some very good clients contact me like that.

I've also had some time wasters and the worst kind of time waster are the ones who will hunt me down and message me after I reject a job invite. I have genuinely received messages along the lines of, "You rejected my job. I just want to get in touch and ask if you would be willing to sit through an interview. We'd love to hire you."

One of them refused to believe that I wasn't interested. They harassed me. I blocked them. They then found my personal page and asked me again.

Re: Have you Used Social Media to Get Freelance Gigs?

Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 6:03 pm
by Jade
not with any great success. the people on my friends list have "real" jobs and don't quite understand what it is that i do all day. they're not real keen on helping me out.

pj, sounds like you had a real live stalker.

Re: Have you Used Social Media to Get Freelance Gigs?

Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 11:59 pm
by MegStewart
Jade, there are tons of groups for freelancers, for writers, graphic designers, etc. Like this one! Find other groups you like and surround yourself with more friends who DO UNDERSTAND what you do all day! Good luck!

Re: Have you Used Social Media to Get Freelance Gigs?

Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:09 pm
by Shana
I'm going to bump this because over the past few months I've had a ton of success with Facebook.

I'm sure I've mentioned it before - I belong to several writing groups on Facebook. Some are okay, and some are populated by very unqualified clients who want quality work for $15 per 2000 words.

Well you see, my other personality is a troll, and when I see someone posting something that's so ridiculous that I can't help myself, I call them out on it. It breaks my heart to see people accepting work that pays so little. Not everyone can write, but *everyone's* time is worth more than 65 rupees per 500 words.

So apparently people like trolls, because almost every time I comment something to the effect of "I can't do it for that price, but I can do it for 3000 Rs" someone from the US or the UK contacts me out of the blue with a job offer. A good one.

There are two of these offers that I've accepted. The first is someone who needs a daily post on his (very successful) US website. The man earns a full time living from this one site and enough to pay me and a VA, so I told him I'd like to learn something from him too. :) The other man is a UK wedding photographer who just needs a few posts a month, but with other tasks thrown in so that it's worth my time.

So the social media jobs are out there. Just make sure they pay you what you deserve.

Re: Have you Used Social Media to Get Freelance Gigs?

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:55 pm
by MegStewart
I haven't purposefully used social media to get freelance gigs but I do belong to several FB writing and other small business groups. I've had two or three clients contact me because they saw me answer a question for someone in a FB group and realized that I did freelance writing. The first client who contacted me completely out of the blue was a professional coach who wanted articles and content for her coaching website. I ghostwrote several articles for her on personal development, goal setting, work/life balance, setting boundaries, etc. The pay was very good. I also ended up doing some grant writing and curriculum development for her newly launched non profit and was on a nice retainer for several months. The other two clients simply needed quick writing projects and the pay was okay but not as good.

Re: Have you Used Social Media to Get Freelance Gigs?

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:42 pm
by jessica95003
I landed a blog ghostwriting client from a FB group we were both on. She posted a general question about ghostwriting and I answered it, which led to a PM conversation and eventually 5 blogs for $500 which was a nice payday for me at the time.

Re: Have you Used Social Media to Get Freelance Gigs?

Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:28 am
by MegStewart
Jessica,

I think that's a great way to use social media to make a mutual connection. She was looking for advice, you put yourself in the role of adviser and it only took a few moments but you were sincerely trying to assist her with a problem (question) she was having. As such, you became the natural person for her to turn to for her project. Trust was established and things progressed from there.

This is SO much more authentic than much of the marketing noise that is out there. I think people respond to authentic. They are tired of generic ads and sales pitches. If you're going to use social media to get clients I believe it has to be an investment of time to build those relationships of trust so that when people need your expertise they naturally gravitate to you.

Kudos on the well-paying gig. I'm sure you're rates have increased by now!